Where to eat oysters in Austin

The weather’s prime for oyster eating. Whether you like sweet ones,briny ones, or the fat ones with whispers of iodine straight from the Gulf of Mexico, Austin has dozens of choices for oysters.

(Credit: Ari Auber AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

(Credit: Ari Auber AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Alcomar. 1816 S. First St. 512-401-3161, alcomaratx.com. Orange-habanero mignonette gives a sweet kick to the Gulf oysters at this coastal Mexican restaurant from the El Chile family.

*Apis. 23526 Texas 71, Spicewood. 512-436-8918, apisrestaurant.com. Start your meal at this rustic yet elegant retreat on the edge of the Hill Country with market oysters that may include smart touches like grapefruit and elderberry capers.

Apothecary. 4800 Burnet Road. 512-371-1600, apothecaryaustin.com. The wine bar in Central Austin serves a rotating selection of oysters.

*Café Josie. 1200 W. Sixth St. 512-322-9226, cafejosie.com. This neighborhood favorite serves large crispy Gulf oysters with apple slaw and bacon.

Central Standard. 1603 S. Congress Ave. 512-942-0823, centralstandardaustin.com. Coastal oysters in a posh big-city environment at the fine dining restaurant in the South Congress Hotel.

*Clark’s. 1200 W. Sixth St. 512-297-2525, clarksoysterbar.com. Selections like Kumamotos from California, Black Bears from Maine and a dozen more oysters from those two states’ neighbors help make up one of the best oyster rosters in town.

Crawfish Shack & Oyster Bar. 9500 S. Interstate 35, 512-280-0816; 2013 Wells Branch Parkway, 512-252-7556; crawfishshacktx.com. Gulf oysters on the half shell, or get them fried on a po’boy at either location.

Deckhand Oyster Bar. 500 Parker Drive. 512-368-3379; 4211 S. Lamar Blvd. 512-326-1963, deckhandoysterbar.com. You can taste the Asian influences here on oysters topped with a spicy masago sauce, while flavors have a more local feel on broiled oysters topped with topped with chopped bacon and Monterey Jack cheese.

Dine at the Radisson. 111 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-478-2991, dineradissonaustin.com. The crispy oysters with yucca chip, pineapple pico and habanero aioli harken back to chef David Garrido’s time at the original Jeffrey’s.

Eddie V’s. 301 E. Fifth St., 512-472-1860; 9400 Arboretum Blvd., 512-342-2642; eddiev.com. This Austin-born steak and seafood house offers a classic setting for oysters on a half shell. Get Louisiana oysters for $1 at happy hour, which lasts all night Sunday and Monday.

*Evangeline Café. 8106 Brodie Lane. 512-282-2586, evangelinecafe.com. The Oysters Contraband at this Cajun-inspired restaurant are served on top of homemade potato chips and topped with spicy sausage remoulade sauce.

*Foreign & Domestic. 306 E. 53rd St. 512-459-1010, fndaustin.com. East Coast oysters for only $1 are just part of the story at this North Loop restaurant on Tuesday nights.

Hillside Farmacy. 1209 E. 11th St. 512-628-0168, hillsidefarmacy.com. East and West coast oysters are available at this stylized former pharmacy in East Austin.

*Garbo’s. 14735 Bratton Lane. 512-350-9814, garboslobsteratx.com. This nautically themed family-friendly restaurant that started as a lobster roll truck serves a rotating roster of raw oysters from around North America.

*Isla. 208 W. Fourth St. 737-222-6906, islaaustin.com. The Peruvian restaurant that nods to the islands serves raw oysters with a red pepper cocktail sauce.

*Jeffrey’s. 1204 W. Lynn St. 512-477-5584, jeffreysofaustin.com. The crispy oysters at this Austin institution are long-running favorites. Their modern update includes mole, grapefruit and garlic aioli.

*Lamberts. 401 W. Second St. 512-494-1500, lambertsaustin.com. The broiled Gulf oysters at this “fancy barbecue” establishment are jazzed up with habanero tartar and cooled with cucumber.

*Lucy’s Fried Chicken. Multiple locations. lucysfriedchicken.com. The three locations of this Texafied joint serve raw oysters and grilled variations that pile on the flavor, such as the Hog Island (brown sugar, bourbon and chipotle) and Texan (house chorizo, garlic butter, house jalapeno salsa and pumpernickel crumbs) versions.

*Mongers Market + Kitchen. 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-215-8972, mongersaustin.com. Get raw East Coast oysters or baked ones from the Gulf with tarragon, mornay and breadcrumbs.

Pacific Rim Sushi & Yakitori Lounge. 9070 Research Blvd. 512-458-8881, prsushi.com. You can get raw oysters in addition to raw fish and grilled meat at this North Austin spot.

Pacific Star Restaurant & Oyster Bar. 13507 U.S. 183. 512-219-5373, pacificstarfood.com. 351 W. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-255-3535. You can get your oysters raw here or spice things up with bacon-wrapped broiled oysters with jalapeno.

*Parkside. 301 E. Sixth St. 512-474-9898, parkside-austin.com. Watch them shuck any one of a dozen or so quality oysters right in front of you at this hip and classy raw bar. Oyster platters are half off at happy hour Monday-Friday.

*Perla’s. 1400 S. Congress Ave. 512-291-7300, perlasaustin.com. Sit on the expansive deck where the excellent people-watching and relaxed vibes are complemented by a star-studded oyster menu featuring more than a dozen varieties from across North America.

*Quality Seafood Market. 5621 Airport Blvd. 512-452-3820, qualityseafoodmarket.com. One of Austin’s most beloved homes of seafood, Quality Seafood features a huge oyster bar in the middle of the restaurant serving raw Gulf oysters and East coast varieties on the half-shell and about a half-dozen versions of grilled oysters.

*Salt Traders Coastal Cooking. 2850 N. I-35, Round Rock, 512-351-9724, salttraderscc.com. Chef Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant serves fried Gulf oysters, raw Gulf oysters and a small selection of oysters from those other coasts. The Gulf oysters are only $1 each on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shoal Creek Saloon. 909 N. Lamar Blvd. 512-474-0805, shoalcreeksaloon.com. Gulf oysters on the half-shell at this Louisiana-lovin’ bar that offers a porch with a view of the creek.

*Sway. 1417 S. First St. 512-326-1999, swayaustin.com. This upmarket Thai restaurant serves oysters topped with spicy Thai chili sauce.

Trio. 98 San Jacinto Blvd. 512-685-8300, triorestaurantaustin.com. You can get raw oysters here, but you’d be wise to get them as a part of a seafood tower. Splurge — you’re at the Four Seasons.

Truluck’s. 10225 Research Blvd. 512-794-8300; 400 Colorado St. 512-482-9000, trulucks.com. Oysters in a classic steakhouse environment, with some very serious horseradish.

*Whole Foods at the Domain. 11920 Domain Drive. 512-831-3981, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/domain. Did you know there’s an oyster and beer bar in the middle of the Whole Foods in the Domain? There is, and their chargrilled oysters are only $1.75 each at daily happy hour that runs from 3 to 5 p.m

 


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